6 Lovely DIY Memorial Candle Projects

Memorial candles are a great addition to funerals, memorial services, reception table centerpieces, or home memorial displays.

For the crafty do-it-yourself-er, here are 6 lovely DIY memorial candle projects that you can pull off quickly and easily at a minimal cost.

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1. Glowing Photo Luminary Memorial Candles

These glowing photo candles add a lovely, ethereal touch. Use them at the memorial service, on the reception tables as centerpieces, or in a special place in your home.

Difficulty level: Easy

Supplies needed:

2. Easy DIY Floating Memorial Candles

Cranberry Holiday Floating Candles

These floating candles are super-easy and affordable, especially if you use glasses you already own. And what an aroma!! These work great to honor someone who really loved Christmas, for a memorial around the holidays, or to evoke a sense of warmth and celebration.

Difficulty level: Super-easy

Supplies needed:

  • Glasses or clear glass candle holders
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Floating candles


  1. Fill glasses with water
  2. Place 2-3 full sprigs of rosemary into the glasses
  3. Place a large handful of cranberries on top
  4. Place the floating candle into the center

3. DIY Coffee-Scented Candles

DIY Memorial Centerpiece Candles

Few things provide a more comforting aroma than coffee. Try this simple tutorial to make your own homemade coffe-scented candles.

Difficulty level: Medium-easy

Supplies needed:

  • Small bowls, glasses, or cups
  • Candle wax – new or used (great for upcycling!)
  • Candle wick
  • Coffee beans
  • Vanilla beans, chopped

4. Dimensional Paper Lantern Memorial Candles

Paper lanterns provide a personal yet otherworldly effect. Here is the guide to make your own.

Difficulty level: Medium

Supplies needed:

  • Glass with straight sides (cylinders or cubes)
  • Heavy paper (card stock, index stock)
  • X-acto knife or Sihlouette Portrait machine
  • Double sided tape
  • Candles

5. Old-Fashioned Lacy Luminaries

A touch of old-fashioned antique beauty comes from the winning combination of mason jars and doilies. Check out the full tutorial for more information here.

Difficulty level: Medium-Easy

Supplies needed:

  • Mason-style jars with lids
  • Adhesive spray
  • Crocheted doilies
  • Twine, buttons, ribbons, and/or burlap

6. DIY Coffee Candles

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Create your own, beautifully scented candle right at home! Maybe you are looking for a fun DIY project to do over the weekend, or maybe you just can’t find that perfect coffee scented candle anywhere near you. Whatever the case, this simple tutorial will walk you through process step by step, and you may have many of the items you need on hand already!

Difficulty level: Medium-easy

Supplies needed:


  1. Melt beeswax and soy wax in a pot
  2. Add Coffee fragrance oil and brown pigment powder, mix well
  3. Add coffee beans to candleholder, add in wax mixture, and let cool until solid

More DIY Memorial Candle Tutorials?

Do you know of a great DIY memorial candle idea? Share links or instructions to your favorite candle ideas in the comments below!

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